Longtime readers know that I have a particular interest in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame every year, despite being appalled at the performers who still aren’t in the hall. The nominees for the 2015 induction class have been announced, and while there are some good choices, it’s still amazing to me the bands who aren’t given a chance to get in after far too long.
The nominees are: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed, Sting, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers.
Some of theses seem obvious to me. Joan Jett should have been in the hall years ago. Stevie Ray Vaughan too. Sting and Lou Reed are already in the hall as part of other bands (the Police and the Velvet Underground, respectively), but I’d put Sting in as a solo act for an incredible body of work over the last 30 years. Green Day and Nine Inch Nails? Hell no. Maybe someday, but certainly not now. Putting those bands in the hall while Deep Purple and Yes aren’t even getting a nomination at this point is a travesty.
I don’t know if I’d put Chic in there, but I might vote for Nile Rodgers for his work with that band and for his producing for everyone from David Bowie to Madonna to INXS to Steve Winwood. And I’ll probably vote to put the Spinners and N.W.A. in there as well. Your choices?